Graffiti workshop

Who is allowed to leave their marks on the city? We bring this question to older adults from the downtown YMCA and to students from James Lynn highschool and ask them to collaborate on street art. Jimmy Baptiste, a visual artist from Montreal, will draw from the intergenerational exchanges to create a graffiti-inspired design in collaboration with the groups. This design will be reproduced on large canvases during B/OLD. Come and contribute to this collective graffiti, and leave your mark on the city!

May 14 – 24
10:00am – 4:00pm
4th Space
Bilingual activity

Escape room on elder abuse

The escape room on elder abuse is an interactive, educational and immersive space to grapple with the sensitive issue of elder abuse. Small teams of two to four individuals are invited to enter a room, where they are asked to solve puzzles and riddles together. As they progress in the game, players learn about some of the forms that elder abuse can take, and about the resources that are available in the community. This projects is based on a collaboration between ACT, Respecting Elders: Communities against Abuse (RECAA) and the Centre de recherche et d’expertise en gérontologie sociale (CREGÉS).

May 14 – 24
10:00am – 4:00pm
4th Space
Bilingual activity

Art hive

Come participate in the creation of art in a therapeutic and calm setting. At its heart, an Art Hive is about inclusion, respect and learning. Participating allows individuals to connect with others, make art and build communities in a welcoming place. Art hives encourage communities to come together for arts-based social gatherings that build real connections and a sense of community. They invite visitors to use their hands and connect with their own innate desires to create and express.

May 14 – 24
10:00am – 4:00pm
4th Space
Bilingual activity

Exposing & undoing ageism workshop

Everyone is on an aging journey. Yet throughout life people are discriminated against and stereotyped en masse, based simply on the amount of times they have travelled around the sun. Ageism is compounded by other forms of discrimination: entrenched and insidious, easy to overlook and difficult to untangle. Intergenerational harmony is the key to stopping it, but how do we all get there? Join age activist Ryan Backer in shattering the young/old binary, and making way for a view of aging based on community care and social justice for all.

Date and Time TBD
4th Space
Activity in English

Podcast recording

The ACT podcast is an audio series that brings researchers, activists, older adults into conversation about topics related to aging. From global warming to abusive practices of telecommunication providers, the team is interested in politically and culturally meaningful issues that matter to older adults. The ACT podcast team will be recording live from B/OLD, asking participants their thoughts on the realities of aging in Montreal.

May 16-17
9:00am – 4:00pm
4th Space
Bilingual activity

Senior sizzle

Adonna Greaves invites you to attend her exercise workshop. The goal of the workshop is to provide functional conditioning to help increase body awareness and balance to promote enjoyment of exercise and mental sharpness. Welcoming participants with all levels of ability, the program consists of weight-bearing exercises which include balance, core stability, muscular strength and endurance, through fun drills that also challenge the brain.

Date and time TBD
4th Space
Bilingual activity

Linking generations through song

“Linking generations through song” is an inclusive intergenerational singing group facilitated by a certified music therapist for those affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia, their care partner, as well as school-aged children and members from the community. This project came about due to a lack of social activities in the community available to the diagnosed individual and their care partner to do together. This is particularly true for the weekend, when lack of opportunities outside of the home can leave the caregiver feeling overwhelmed and isolated. This singing group addresses this need, providing care partners and diagnosed individuals with the opportunity to socialize with other members of the community, to seek out new support, and to benefit from the therapeutic effect that singing can have on everyone.

May 17
12:30 – 13:30pm
4th Space

Intergenerational media making workshop

Students from a local high school will get the opportunity to work with older adults and with recording equipment to create digital recordings of storybooks for the children’s hospital here in Montreal. With help from the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, the students will be trained on basic recording skills which they will use later on in the workshop to develop Intergenerational podcasts on life in the city. These podcasts will have students and seniors interviewing each other on their everyday life in the city.

Time TBD

And more!

We are continuously adding to the B/OLD schedule. Stay tuned for more!

May 14 – 24
Throughout the day (10:00am – 5pm)
4th Space